Kansas participates in nationwide census of domestic violence services
"Demand for services has gone up - in fact, we sheltered 20 percent more clients this year compared to the past year."
Quote from a Kansas domestic violence shelter director.The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) participated in the National Network to End Domestic Violence's 2008 Domestic Violence Counts Census. This annual census collects an unduplicated count of adults and children seeking services from domestic violence programs in the United States during a 24-hour survey period.
The census includes information on the type of program and the number of people served in an emergency shelter, in transitional housing, and in non-residential services. Also reported were the number of hotline calls, trainings or public education sessions conducted, and the number of individuals who were unable to be served during the 24-hour period.
The results from the census will assist KCSDV in quantifying the need for legislative reforms, will help establish priorities for improving existing services or creating new services for survivors, and will assist in enhancing community outreach and volunteer support.
KCSDV is proud to announce that 100 percent of Kansas' eligible member programs reported data regarding the number of people served in the 24-hour survey period, which was September 17, 2008.
"The information gathered will help KCSDV paint a picture of domestic violence in Kansas," said Patty Jordan, KCSDV rural housing specialist. "We are very pleased to have 100 percent participation this year."
To view the Kansas Summary, go to 2008 Domestic Violence Counts: National Census of Domestic Violence Services, Kansas Summary.